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Pirates Pirates Opening Day Firsts

Tuesday, April 10, 2001

First crowd: 36,954

First pitch: Todd Ritchie to Reds' Barry Larkin, ball (1:37 p.m.)

First WPIAL product to bat, first hit, first RBI(s) and first home run: Reds' Sean Casey, two-run homer, two outs (first inning). Casey is an Upper St. Clair High School graduate.

First run: Casey homer scored Reds' Dmitri Young, who was also the first batter hit by a pitch.

First Pirates batter: Adrian Brown, strikeout looking

First Pirates hit: Jason Kendall, infield single (first inning)

First Pirates run: Aramis Ramirez (seventh inning)

First error: Reds' Aaron Boone, on grounder that produced first Pirates RBI.

First Pirates RBI and first pinch-batter: John Vander Wal, who drove in Ramirez

First double play: Jack Wilson to Pat Meares to Kevin Young (second inning)

First stolen base: Brown (third inning)

First plate umpire: Bill Welke

Time of first game: 2 hours, 52 minutes.

First in Pirates clubhouse: Equipment manager Roger Wilson (7:45 a.m.)

First person at Home Plate Rotunda: John Irwin, 30, and Brody J. Irwin, 5, of Emlenton ("He's sick from school today," his father explained. "Got a sore throat.")

First player in batting cage: Jack Wilson (10:15 a.m.)

First player on field: Francisco Cordova playing long-toss, followed by Kris Benson

First batting-practice homer: Emil Brown, right-center field

First to drink and spit in the home dugout: John Wehner

First BP homer to clear stands: Reds' Ken Griffey Jr., right-center field

First boos: Commissioner Bud Selig, pregame ceremonies

First world-champion Pirates player to be introduced: Reds coach Tim Foli (1979)

First Pirates player introduced: Mike Benjamin

First singer of national anthem: Iris Brown, in 2:04

First ceremonial first pitch: owner Kevin McClatchy (followed by first fireworks)

First official lineup exchange and explanation of ground rules: Lloyd McClendon, Reds' Bob Boone, umpires (three minutes)

First foul: Larkin, 2 and 1 (first inning)

First strikeout: Larkin (first inning)

First pitch to Pirates: Reds' Chris Reitsma to Adrian Brown, ball (1:47 p.m.)

First hit off 21-foot right-field wall: Brian Giles, single (first inning)

First beachball on field: second inning

First walk: Reds' Michael Tucker off Ritchie (third inning)

First caught stealing: Tucker, seconds later

First fan interference: Fan running across short outfield (fourth inning)

First double: Tucker (sixth inning)

First relief pitcher: Pirates Josias Manzanillo seconds after first double.

First wild pitch: Marc Wilkins, scoring run (eighth inning)

First ending: 8-2 Reds (4:29 p.m.)

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